Bertha, Wang Dang Doodle , Loose Lucy, Queen Jane Approximately, Roses, It's All Over Now, Bird Song, Promised Land Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> So Many Roads, Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Jams 'n' stuff-> The Other One-> The Days Between-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Brokedown Palace
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadDate December 19, 1993Venue Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumLocation Oakland, CASource Audience: Unknown MicsLineage Unknown Mics (FOB) > DAT > ? > CDR > EAC (secure) > shntool > mkwACT > SHNTaped by Transferred by Matt Vernon
June 4, 2011
This could be the last time
This show contained the last thing that truly blew my mind at a Dead show. The way Jerry did the "So Many Roads to Ease My Soul" ending to So Many Roads just ruptured my mind. It was one of those "I could stay here for eternity" moments. I was not even in the "zone" so to speak and still I saw things that just don't happen in this reality...even today I listen and it brings a tear to my eye that I will never again experience something like this while on this planet. We were so freakin lucky to have been called to the Grateful Dead while Jerry was still walking among us. Even with diminished skills no body can touch what he did. I saw all of the shows on this run, they were my last of a 100 or so shows I saw in the Bay Area as I was living in Seattle at the time. I enjoyed this one more than the others on the run but not necessarily for music reason, this one was a throw your hands in the air and smile show...I loved those shows as they were warm and fuzzy. God bless the Grateful Dead.
BTW this audience recording is way better than the SBD's available. And its a 3 star as the music is just not all the way there, but that was such a small part of the GD experience, but it is what this rating system is about, I'm not rating my experience just the recording and the music.
January 8, 2009
so i searched shows by download count, and worked my way backwards, and this show was the SECOND most downloaded of all the shows i was at (after 8/22/93).......so i listen to it thinking, "maybe THIS is the best "Scarlet/Fire" i was actually THERE FOR", etc........but i come away agreeing with all the poo-poo heads, because i am at this point a LOT more familiar with the years BEFORE i started going to shows....but one thing i WILL say to all the latterday naysayers-- i generally SKIP Space from ALL shows.......but i have been long familiar with the FIRST show of this Oakland run, 12/17/93, which i was ALSO at, from a SET 2 tape i got early on, and i learned from THAT that, say what you might about poor brother Vince.......Space just got better and better.........so i listened to the 12/19 Space......and it's just as good as i expected...
though STILL not as good as the 12/17 Space
something was said about this 12/19 show being the last great homestand show......and as far as i know, i agree with that....but only because 12/17 came BEFORE it. to MY ears, 12/17 is actually even better...
but then, i'm a stone fool for Saint of Cirucumstance.....
i feel bad giving only three stars to a pretty good show that i was actually AT, and even remember pretty specifically.....but 5 stars means as good as any show EVER, and four stars means ANYBODY would wish they were there, if they really do love this Terrible Long Road we all went down
three stars is right about where, some folks still think it's five stars, but some folks who know what they're talking about actually HURT, listening to some of it; it brings them PAIN.....but it's really still a much better show than most of the shows that year
and there are moments in this show that do hurt, they remind me of all them things we so happily denied at the time
but it's still a fabulous show, for 1993
and, at the time...........it took me all the way away, and i STILL haven't come all the way back........
it's comin around, y'all!
Jason from Pennsyltucky
April 15, 2005
To my recolection, this is the only version of Days Between that Jerry pulls a solo between the verses. At the time I thought it was because he could not remember any of the lyrics of the 1st two verses. Worth the listen. Wish he had pulled more solos on this tune.
Sound quality on this one is pretty nice for the Colliseum.
This was a good run in Oaktown.
March 9, 2005
last great bay area show
Many consider this to be the last solidly good show the band played on their home turf. Hard to argue with that.
I taped about 50 bay area shows in the 90s, including this date and I'm just now getting around to transfering my post-Brent recordings to CDR.Vince-era shows are a mixed bag and can produce some cringe-inducing moments but this one really jumped out at me as I was burning it. Solid 1st set and a really smoking second. A high point is the post drums segment, including a very "out there" space.